I have observed and commented many times that the news we see, hear and read about is often discouraging. And often it is true. Sometimes it is exaggerated and sometimes it is driven by an agenda and sometimes we only see one perspective. However, our culture allows us to have access to information and then to spread it in a way that no other time in the history of the world could do it.
So, we are not surprised that in a sin cursed world we are going to see every kind of pain, suffering, sorrow, hurt and devastation. All of that is a result of the curse because of sin. It should definitely grieve us that sin has resulted in such terrible consequences in humanity, destiny and even in nature. The world has explanations and even accusations but we know the real reason for all of this. It goes “back to Genesis” as has been said.
We should be concerned for and praying for those impacted by the hurricanes and other natural disasters. I have encouraged you to pray for believers to be salt and light to those around them at this time. Christians have always been known to help those in need in times of tragedy. I have heard of this happening and there are so many more opportunities on the horizon.
So, knowing the reality of disasters and difficult things happening all the time and all around us, what can we do?
One of the recommendations by those who prepare (they are called ‘preppers’) for whatever life might throw at them is that you must remain calm. Mistakes, terrible mistakes can be made if you do not remain calm when tragedy happens. Calm does not mean that you are inactive or slow. t means that you do not lose your head and do something irrational or foolish. It actually takes thought and training to remain calm when a situation escalates into an emergency. So, I would like to give you an acrostic for how you can be ready for life’s disasters. I would encourage you to be calm:
C—call on the Lord. Our first response should be to cry out to God for help in our time of need. Do not minimize either the need or the power of prayer. So when you are in trouble you should call out to God in prayer. He will give you wisdom, strength, hope and help. And you can call on the Lord on behalf of others who are facing disaster. We should!
A—anticipate. This is one thing we can do both practically and spiritually. There are hundreds of websites that advise you on how to do this practically. You don’t have to go to extremes but you can have some basics available to help yourself, your family and others. When the disaster happens it is usually too late to prepare. And on the spiritual side, be prepared to help others who have questions about God and losses and life. You have what they need to hear. You can lovingly share with them the truths of Scripture. Anticipate what you can share with others from Scripture. It might not be a bad idea to make a printed Bible one of your basics [electronics can fail, especially if there is no power].
L—look for opportunities. You will be the salt and light for the world to see when there is a disaster of any kind. Your faith coupled with serving others will testify to others. The world sees we are Christians when we love one another as believers and then as we give out of what we have to those in need.
M—make Christ known. We testify by our deeds and by our words. Do not be afraid or ashamed to tell others about salvation that is in Christ alone. While you might not be technically involved in a rescue effort [although it could happen], you can rescue those in sin by telling them about true freedom from the curse of sin through salvation that is in Christ.
Sometime and somewhere you will be in a situation in which you must be calm. I hope you will. Pease pray for those who have been devastated by the hurricanes. As I mentioned, I am praying that believers will be salt and light during this time of great disaster and need and that the salvation of many will result.
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